“A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives,” as said by Jackie Robinson, will be, after much contemplation, my senior quote. I believe this describes how I act, and the way I think others ought to, as well. However, over the past year as I have conducted my college search and begun my journey to adulthood, I have realized that a level of selfishness and self-centeredness may be required to get to where you want to be. With this on my mind, I have been questioning the wisdom of the quote and, more specifically, whether people are wiser to be innately selfless, or selfish.
The initial inclination for most is probably to say we should be selfless, and to shape our decision making and lifestyle around others. But being in high school, especially in a competitive place like Wilton High, you might need to look at yourself from a different perspective, perhaps even as a college admissions person might. That in order to win favor and open up more possibilities, you need to achieve more visible successes and distinguish yourself from others. Granted, this can be done through being selfless and doing charitable deeds, but the bulk of it is paving your own way, and focusing on things that are unique to you.